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Limiting the number of dictionaries used by "multilingual"?
Authored by: romulis on May 05, '04 10:44:16AM

does anyone know if it's possible to tell the spelling checker NOT to use all the dictionaries?

Of the polyglots among us I'm at the lowest level: I only know two languages (Bavarian, Aussie slang and "Drunk" probably don't count :-)

I've configured everything I can find to only use english and german, but the dictionary selection always shows a list of about 10 dictionaries and yes, when I've got it set to multilingual and type the few french words I know... it accepts/corrects them just nicely (which is not what I want, because any other french words I type are very probably typos ;-)

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Would like to know as well
Authored by: PopMcGee on Dec 15, '08 10:33:25AM

Don't know, but would like to know as well.

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Limiting the number of dictionaries used by "multilingual"?
Authored by: petersconsult on May 12, '09 05:46:45PM
Yes, I have done it quite successfully, and easily. Of course, it doesn't apply to applications that don't rely on Apple's standard spelling service... Here's how i did it: First I created a folder called "AppleSpellTest" inside my folder "zzz_Disabled_Stuff" that is in my home folder, then I made a backup of the files we'll modify by doing this:
sudo cp -R /System/Library/Services/AppleSpell.service /Users/*Your_Home*/zzz_Disabled_Stuff/AppleSpellTest/
Then, i only wanted French, English, Spanish, and Multilingual (don't forget this is an option when we edit the menu later), so i moved all the rest like this:
sudo su
mv /System/Library/Services/AppleSpell.service/Contents/Resources/Danish.lproj /Users/*Your_Home*/zzz_Disabled_Stuff/AppleSpellTest/DisabledLanguages 
mv /System/Library/Services/AppleSpell.service/Contents/Resources/Dutch.lproj /Users/*Your_Home*/zzz_Disabled_Stuff/AppleSpellTest/DisabledLanguages 
mv /System/Library/Services/AppleSpell.service/Contents/Resources/en_AU.lproj /Users/*Your_Home*/zzz_Disabled_Stuff/AppleSpellTest/DisabledLanguages 
mv /System/Library/Services/AppleSpell.service/Contents/Resources/en_CA.lproj /Users/*Your_Home*/zzz_Disabled_Stuff/AppleSpellTest/DisabledLanguages 
mv /System/Library/Services/AppleSpell.service/Contents/Resources/en_GB.lproj /Users/*Your_Home*/zzz_Disabled_Stuff/AppleSpellTest/DisabledLanguages 
mv /System/Library/Services/AppleSpell.service/Contents/Resources/German.lproj /Users/*Your_Home*/zzz_Disabled_Stuff/AppleSpellTest/DisabledLanguages 
mv /System/Library/Services/AppleSpell.service/Contents/Resources/Italian.lproj /Users/*Your_Home*/zzz_Disabled_Stuff/AppleSpellTest/DisabledLanguages 
mv /System/Library/Services/AppleSpell.service/Contents/Resources/Portuguese.lproj /Users/*Your_Home*/zzz_Disabled_Stuff/AppleSpellTest/DisabledLanguages 
mv /System/Library/Services/AppleSpell.service/Contents/Resources/Russian.lproj /Users/*Your_Home*/zzz_Disabled_Stuff/AppleSpellTest/DisabledLanguages 
mv /System/Library/Services/AppleSpell.service/Contents/Resources/Swedish.lproj /Users/*Your_Home*/zzz_Disabled_Stuff/AppleSpellTest/DisabledLanguages
Now all we have to do is change the menu itself: first we open the Info.plist file:
sudo /Applications/ /System/Library/Services/AppleSpell.service/Contents/Info.plist
You can also edit the plist file with BBEdit or Apple's Property List Editor.... then remove all the languages (under where it says 'array') except en, fr, es, multilingual so that the menu section looks like this:
Save, Restart, and you're done, and it really works!!!

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